white beans with onion confit

white beans with onion confitThis recipe appeared in this month’s Food and Wine.  It’s got a great spicy flavor and is the pefect meal for a cold winter night.   I served this with cheese toast.

To begin, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 c. plus 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 10-12 garlic cloves, chopped (i just used an entire head- it had about 10 regular sized cloves and one smaller one)
  • 1 T. chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 t. crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans of cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 T. chopped parsley
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese

Start by heating the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onions, garlic, rosemary, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper.  Cover and cook over medium-high heat stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes.  Uncover and reduce heat to medium-low.   Continue cooking with occasional stirring for about 15 minutes, until the onions have lightly carmelized.   Add in the beans, parsley, and water.  Stir and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Stir in the cheese and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.  I added a little fresh grated cheese and chopped parsley to the top.  Enjoy!

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so behind on oscar movies

i feel so behind on my movie watching.  at this point last year, i’m pretty sure that we had seen most of the main oscar nominees for different categories. but this year… not so much.  there are several that look great that we just haven’t gotten around to seeing.

i did talk the husband into taking me to see precious last weekend and am really glad that we saw it.  it’s a powerful movie, sad at times and mindboggling at others. but it’s not depressing, as amazing as that sounds.  it offers glimmers of hope for people who suffer similar situations every day in this country. from the movies that i have seen, i definitely think that mo’nique deserves the supporting actress award for this one.  she does a great job of playing someone is basically a pitiful excuse for a human being, while giving her some humanity at the same time.  i thought the actress who played precious, gabourey sidibe, also does a fantastic job in her role (especially having seen how perky she is in interviews), but i still love meryl streep in julie and julia for the best actress win.